Thursday, April 28, 2011

It's Okay to Have a Life

Greetings Happy People,

On any given day, we see these people at our 9 to 5 jobs.

They want to do the best job they can. They want to make sure others do the best they can. They also want to make sure things go right and nothing goes wrong.

These people want to strive for perfection, but at what cost? Sleepless nights? Excessive worrying? High levels of stress? Thinking about what will happen the next day??

It is one thing to focus on a job during work hours. It is another thing to worry about a job after the whistle blows. There are people out there that think about their jobs 26 hours a day, 9 days a week, and 400 days a year. From the time they wake up to the time they go to bed (if possible), they think about co-workers, a challenging task, and other things that worries them immensely.

While it is true that they get paid for their day jobs, this unhealthy type of thinking can be costly. It can cost one's health, wealth, AND sanity.

I was one of those people that had a job that was challenging. I remember those days of meeting with a boss that was the demanding, demeaning, Napoleonic type. Those mornings where I woke up shaking in stress got to me too many times. It was 150% unbearable. I had to think and worry about that job to the point where it made me literally sick. Thankfully I got out of that miserable rut.

For those people that worry about their jobs, outside of their jobs, all I can say is that it is okay to have a life. If it is possible, find a balance that will keep you and your sanity in check. Find a few hobbies to partake in. Whether it is karaoke, cooking, serving the community, or joining a communication and leadership group, there are many hobbies out there that you can have fun with. Heck, you might even make a friend or two!!

People that have lives outside of their jobs are more likely to have less stress in their lives. For every good time they have, it counters the daily stress they face. The more fun they have, the better off they are physically, mentally, and psychologically. It can also give them a good chance to live a little longer.

Having a life outside of work is okay!! There are people out there that can not only find a balance between their jobs and life, but can find greater opportunites that benefits both sides. It has worked for me pretty well.

If you know someone that is facing the doldrums of worrying about their jobs after hours, tell them that it is okay to have a life beyond work. If they choose to listen to you, that is a good first step. If not, we can only hope they see where they are heading.

That is all I have for now. Take care and thank you for your time and attention.


Jesse I-I-I

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